Rising global unemployment numbers, declining job security and squeezed wages. Employment is undergoing some fundamental changes in different parts of the world over the last years. Policies regarding jobs and employment are therefore back on the political agenda. A significant part of the working world is poor and/or has an unstable and insecure job. Just generating economic growth, encouraging more competition, and investing in education does not create more and better jobs.
Furthermore, the current economic model intensifies the mismatch between the skills of the people and the skills needed in flourishing economic sectors, which cannot be solved solely with education and skill-building approaches.
So, what kind of work are we actually creating, and how much? What should employees or independent workers earn and get in return for their labour? What is the effect of globalization on employment? To answer these questions, more than an economic analysis is needed; power structures, political economy, international relations and social aspects all have to be taken into account as well.
With this Employment Dossier, The Broker analyzes the trends and various aspects of current changes of employment from a multidisciplinary and global perspective. Here, you will find an introduction to all articles of the dossier. We hope you enjoy reading and invite you to participate in the debate.
Although 90% of businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa’s markets are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), they do not play a significant role in current GDP growth...
The Broker's Employment debate showed that policies aimed at creating more and better jobs start with a change at the core of the financial markets.
Discussion paper for the FNV Mondiaal conference on precarious work. The spread of insecure employment conditions have a negative impact on macroeconomic dev...
To give local and international businesses a new role in assuring inclusive growth in Africa, the African Studies Centre and the Netherlands African Business...
When the Dutch private sector is involved in development in Africa, a dilemma may arise.
On 15 May experts discussed how the investments of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) can generate more and better jobs in developing countries.
Rural wages are rising in Asia, and the strongest drivers are demographic changes and the growth of manufacturing.
Integrated approaches to empower young African women and men to take their place in a modernized agricultural sector are needed throughout the continent.
Of 48,000 African migrants in Israel, the majority are asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea. If it is done right, entrepreneurship can play a vital role in...
The shift from wages to profits has led to an increase in inequality over the last three decades.
The stagnation in labour demand in the US is linked to the rise of finance. Strategies to encourage long-term employment growth must be found in that direction too.
International trade can contribute to the creation of more and better jobs but not always, not for everyone, and not everywhere. Thirty years after the beginning...
Female participation in entrepreneurial activities is higher in Sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region. But is this a success story for the integration of women in the labour market?
When it comes to enterprise support, there is a discrepancy between the frameworks offered by NGOs and how people in the communities want to operate.
SME assistance must be tailored to meeting the specific needs of entrepreneurs.
There is limited knowledge about what does and what does not work to boost SME growth and create jobs. We need to keep searching for better answers.
Breaking the ‘paradox of education’ is a precondition for improving the growth of African small enterprises.
Young people represent more than 60% of Africa's population. Entrepreneurship, if supported through the right policies, can provide an effective solution to persistent youth unemployment.